|No. 98 Free agent|
|Date of birth:||November 26, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Lufkin, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|High school:||Lufkin (TX)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jamarkus McFarland (born November 26, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. McFarland was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects of his class.
High school career
McFarland attended Lufkin High School in Texas, where he accounted for 53 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks in 2008. He was a 2008 first team all-class by Texas Football, a second team Texas all-state selection and also named Texas Academic all-state. He also was named district 15-5A Defensive MVP as a junior in 2007.
As a senior, McFarland was a USA Today and Parade All-American. He also played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, McFarland was listed as the No. 6 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, as well as the third-best run stuffer among defensive tackles. He was ranked third among the nation defensive tackles in the nation by Scout.com, who graded him as a five-star recruit.
McFarland picked Oklahoma over Texas, LSU and Southern California. His recruitment was the topic of a New York Times story, which included a passage describing a lavish party with free alcohol and drugs and topless women hosted by Texas boosters in Dallas.
Because of the Sooners' depth at defensive tackle, McFarland was expected to redshirt in 2009. However, he saw some action in seven games as backup defensive tackle. He had a career-high two tackles in three games, and a career-high 1.5 sacks against Texas A&M. McFarland was named an All-Big 12 freshman by ESPN.com.
As a sophomore, McFarland appeared in all 14 games, starting three. He had his first career sack vs. Iowa State, finishing with 1.5 on the day. In his junior season, he played in 13 games and started 7, recording 21 tackles for the season.
In his senior year, McFarland became a full-time starter, starting in 12 contests. He recorded a career-high 28 tackles for the year, including six for a loss of yardage.
He went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.
San Diego Chargers
- Rivals.com defensive tackles 2009, January 15, 2009
- Rivals.com DT Rankings 2009: Best run stuffer, January 27, 2009
- Scout.com Def Tackle Ranking 2009
- Evans, Thayer (December 25, 2008), "Ending a Recruiting Battle, Jamarkus McFarland Picks Oklahoma", New York Times
- Gehlken, Michael (August 25, 2013). "Chargers cut 10 players; more coming". U-T San Diego. Retrieved August 26, 2013.